April 23rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton picks up superdelegate

Hillary Clinton got some extra superdelegates Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton got some extra superdelegates Wednesday.

(CNN) - Tennessee Rep. John Tanner announced Wednesday he is backing Hillary Clinton's White House bid.

Tanner, a Democrat representing Tennessee's 8th District, is one of the more than 700 party superdelegates who will ultimately decide which candidate wins the Democratic presidential nomination.

"In my opinion, the best person to lead this critical effort is Hillary Clinton," Tanner said in a statement released by the Clinton campaign. "Hillary is a smart, pragmatic leader who understands the grave situation our country faces, with a $9 trillion debt, much of which is borrowed from foreign countries. Now, more than ever, our nation needs a leader like Sen. Clinton who can work with others to return to fiscal sanity."

Clinton won the state of Tennessee with 54 percent of the vote on February 5.


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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. mel

    Its time for Obama to release his tax returns from when he was in the state Senate, what is he afraid of?

    Go Hillary

    April 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Gary

    "Hillary is a smart, pragmatic leader who understands the grave situation our country faces, with a $9 trillion debt." Really? Isn't she the candidate who spent her campaign into debt, loaned it money herself, is getting threatened with lawsuits by vendors for nonpayment ....

    Obama can manage a budget. He's proven it. Clinton bankrupts a budget. She's proven it. What's she going to do? Loan the country a few trillion like she loaned her campaign?

    Worst. Rationale. Ever.

    April 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Diane Pa

    I am an educated individual that knows Hillary will make a great president. The remark stating that a person must be uneducated to vote for Hillary is an indication of the intelligence of the that person.
    We had the best economy under the Cl;inton administration and want to see that again.

    Also, gas is $4 a gallon because we have an oil man in office. I have never voted republican, but I will if Obama is our representative.

    Most men are afraid of having a women president. That is the main issue.

    Go Hillary

    April 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Deb, IN

    These comments by Obama supporters are exactly why I will never vote for Obama.

    Thank you, Congressman John Tanner(you are a smart man)

    April 23, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Mike from Calgary

    Good for Congressman Tanner, Nice to know that he won't let lies, pettiness, small-mindedness, unsupported boasts and mismatches between her words and the truth or the facts get in the way of his judgment. Facts, Honesty and good judgment aren't all that they're cracked up to be. Go Hillary Go!

    John & Cindy

    April 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. DT - Alton, IL

    Stacy,

    At least Obama got the money to squander. Unfortunately, Hillary don't!!!!!!!!!hahahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. brian

    smart choice Rep Tanner ! Hope other superdelegates will do the same . Keep on going Hillary ........at the end, you will be the one ( not Obama)

    April 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Hillary Supporter

    Hillary please stay in it. Keep hope alive!

    Hillary '12

    April 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Michael Farrah

    Another Democratic Party destroyer!

    April 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. NickNas

    Yet ANOTHER endorsement from a state with such a STRONG history for their love of the Black people and their equality.

    Why do you think it is the more Educated and Younger voters who support Obama? They are too smart to believe in the old fear tactics and excuses people have been hiding behind for their own failures.

    This is the real story. Show the reality CNN .Show the real line that divides the Democratic party and quit pretending it is the " Issues"

    yet another post doomed to be censored by CNN. It might make people THINK!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Debbie, NJ

    Before its over there will be more leaving her to switch to Obama.
    Why can't Hillary keep delegates? Here's the list:
    Tom Daschle , a former Democratic leader in the Senate
    Greg Craig, who served as special counsel to Mr. Clinton during his impeachment saga;
    Anthony Lake , a former national security adviser;
    Cameron Kerry, the younger brother of Senator John Kerry
    activists Mrs. Larson
    former Labor Secretary Robert Reich,
    John Lewis
    Dave Scott
    Bill Richardson

    And why can't Hillary win states that aren't predominately blue collar or white?

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. roxy

    To all you obama koolaid lovers, If you guys are so bright I asum that you are well aware that in order to be the nominie you need to reach 2025 those are the rules therfore geniuses in order for him to win he needs the superdelegates get it!!!!!!!!!

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. richard

    Well done Mr. Tanner. Looks like someone is doing the research on who can get elected in the general.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. tennesseean for obama

    I'm disappointed by Tanner coming out for Hillary Clinton. Like her husband before her, I think her behavior reveals that she cares more about her own interests than what's best for our country. She claims that she doesn't want any voters disenfranchised, but doesn't mind asking the superdelegates to negate the voice of the people by choosing her over the pledged delegate/popular vote leader despite the fact that this would embitter millions of newly enthusiastic voters. She asks why Obama can't close the deal, she was the longtime favorite with the influence of a former President and a history of extensive media exposure behind her. Why didn't she secure the nomination in February? Obama came from nowhere with no name recognition and no powerful friends on the national political scene. He has gotten as far as he has on his own merits in spite of having to campaign not only against John McCain, but against a member of his own party as well.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  15. myahquote

    Why is CNN still calling it a double digit victory? She is currently up by only 9.2% of the vote with 52 precincts left to report and 40 of these are in philadelphia so its likely it will end up in the 8's. That's single digit.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. IF

    Hilllary is a person of bad character. Period. She lies, she fights dirty, uses the whole bag of tricks, Apparently people in Pensylvania liked it enough to give her a 10% win. But if the reason people are voting for her is because they think she think she cares they'll have a big surprise coming. People who care don't treat opponents the way she does. Others are voting on her experience, but then... what experience once the exagerations and lies are stripped away? All she has experience is in finding her way around the White House corridors and rooms. She was a president's wife, nothing more. Would they consider Bush senior's wife, Jacqueline K, Reagan's wife, etc.? They all had schedules, they all sat in committees.

    Even if she had all the experience she touts about., she won't be respected, she won't be liked. No honesty shines through that smile. She glitters like a cheap jewel.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. becky

    Clinton people.... Stop... there is no way she can catch up... the only way she wins this is from the support of the Superdelegate's. Now... hello.... reality check.... Obama is leading in all that matters! Send your money to Hillary she needs it to get out of debt, that is what you can do to help her now.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Alex Jones

    This two party paradigm is in terminal velocity. The people are waking up, and they recognize the difference between a true patriot like Obama and clown like Clinton. Guys like Tanner are just so greedy that they don't realize they are going to end up with more power in the end if they don't sell out to Clintons or Bushs.

    April 23, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Matt

    Clinton only won by single digits. a big victory for Obama. Pennsylvania is Hillary's biggest prize but she wont win in that big of a margin in the rest of the states. i predict she will win west virginia and kentucky and thats it. Obama will win Indiana and North Carolina and the remainer of the Western States.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Sean Jones

    Here is what I am tired of hearing from Hillary and all the other cronies that are talking about Michigan and Florida needing to be seated and having the votes counted. Both legislatures in those states knew before they changed the dates, that their votes would not be counted and yet they held their primaries anyways. ALL of the major candidates knew this and PULLED THEIR NAMES OFF THE BALLOTS, except CLINTON. WHY!!? Because she knew they would matter later and if hers was the only name on the ballot she would WIN!! So now even after SHE accepted those votes would not count she is decrying the disenfranchisement of those voters. What's really going on is the sheep that cried wolf. Don't re-write the rules to meet your demands. And the people crying with her need to stop as well. If you have kids as I do, the last thing I'm going to teach them say one thing and do another, it is as Clinton has done this entire election, it's DISHONEST! Don't accept the rules before the primary begins and then asked for them to be changed when your losing, would she be asking for the same thing if SHE were winning the election right now?

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. LH, TX

    Congratulations to HIllary! However, I wish she would stop all this mudslinging and stay with the issues then we will see who the best candidate will be. Let the Republicans do their dirty work in the fall with whichever candidate (Obama or Clinton) wins. I think Obama is best for this country. God Bless Obama. OBAMA '08

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. RB

    Tanner is a chucklehead and is playing right into the republican strategy. Does he REALLY think republicans crossed deck just to vote for HRC and will vote for her in the fall? Please. Ain't too many chess players in the dem party, so let me help you. Here's how a republican wins the presidency: split the dem party along racial lines and leave the blacks feeling betrayed and disenfranchised. Why? Well, with two whites in the race, it's pretty much a 50/50 split on the white and hispanic vote (and all others except blacks). That puts the black vote in play. Both parties will have to try to woo them in Nov. HRC won't be able to do it. John is already trying. Do you really think NC was going to run the Rev Wright ad that Knight in Shining Armor, John McCain, told them not to run? It's happening democrats! If the repulicans win over the black vote, there won't be a democrat in the white house AND many congressional seats for a long, long time. So, I suppose the real winner of the PA primary was the black person McCain and Hillary think can deliver the black vote in Nov. Hello, Jesse, Al, and Louis! You did a great job PA!! Congratulations on making these idiots relevant again.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  23. Go Hillary

    You go Hillary !! Everyone should not forget if Michigan and Florida were counted it would be a landslide for Hillary and all the superdelegates should keep that in mind.

    The best woman for the job

    HILLARY 08 =)

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Charlie, Odenton, MD

    more superdelegates will learn that Obama cant win the big ones. If he goes up against McCain in CA, NY, FL, TX, PA, and OH he wont win. That the majority of the population in this country.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. ***AMERICAN***

    That is one! Keep up the pace! You could win someday.

    Please post. I know it is Anti-Hillary so it won't be.

    April 23, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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